Dissecting the Deep-See

The Deep-See is a new, sensor-filled platform for observing animals in the ocean twilight zone and estimating their biomass (amount) and biodiversity (species or type). The vehicle is towed behind a research ship using an electro-optical cable that can transmit data back to scientists on board in real time. Weighing about 2,500 pounds and extending 16 feet…

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Entering the Twilight Zone at the UN

The Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ): The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. It is, however, quite possibly the best chance for the…

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An Unexpected Honeymoon

Muntsa Marti

These last several weeks have been hectic and at the same time very exciting, as they included a wedding (my own, to be precise) and a big move from Barcelona to Falmouth, Massachusetts, where I am now a Postdoctoral Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). However, I didn’t spend much time in my…

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Video: WHOI’s First Twilight Zone Expedition

9/6/18 — The ocean twilight zone abounds with life but has remained largely unexplored. A team of researchers led by WHOI acoustic oceanographer Andone Lavery recently returned from the first expedition to explore this fascinating region with fresh “eyes”: a new towed vehicle called the Deep-See.

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Some Heavy Lifting

9/5/18 — WHOI mechanical engineer Kaitlyn Tradd directs deck operations on the NOAA research vessel Henry B. Bigelow during a recovery of the towed vehicle Deep-See. Tradd helped to develop and build the new 2,500-pound, instrument-laden vehicle, which is designed to be towed behind a ship using a special electro-optical cable that can transmit data…

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WHOI’s Journey to the Ocean’s Twilight Zone Begins

Tests of a new towed vehicle Deep-See from the NOAA survey ship Henry B. Bigelow will begin to build a detailed picture of life below the sunlit surface of the ocean. WHOI’s new towed vehicle, the Deep-See. 7/13/18—On August 11, scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center…

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